Giving patients a Voice

Rachel and other patients join American Idol host Ryan Seacrest for the launch of The Voice.

Last Friday was a special day for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia -- and for me.

People in the Philadelphia area probably already have heard that American Idol host Ryan Seacrest was at CHOP, but for everyone else, let me tell you what happened.  Ryan has a charitable foundation that has created a program called The Voice.

It provides a multi-media center where patients can go, away from their rooms, and be creative.  And the best part is that whatever happens in that media center can be broadcast throughout the hospital on a special closed-circuit TV station. Patients can play songs like a DJ, or interview people, or even air a performance. The Voice center is located inside CHOP’s Colket Atrium.

I was one of the lucky patients who got to meet Ryan and be with him in the atrium while he was interviewed by The Today Show host Matt Lauer.  Ryan is an awesome person.  I think he is one of the nicest people on earth!  Ryan also brought Selena Gomez, the singer, to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  She was supposed to be a surprise, but it leaked out that she was going to be there.  I didn’t get to meet her but I was sitting very close to her.  She sang a song while a patient accompanied her on a guitar.

Another surprise was Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.  In fact, it was such a secret that I didn’t even see him!

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